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Snowden leaves HK en route Moscow for third country

Published on Jun 23, 2013 4:41 PM
People cross a street in front of a monitor showing file footage of Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the US National Security Agency (NSA), with a news tag (left) saying he has left Hong Kong, outside a shopping mall in Hong Kong on June 23, 2013. Snowden has left Hong Kong for a third country. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

HONG KONG - United States whistleblower Edward Snowden has left Hong Kong for a third country.

The South China Morning Post reported that Snowden left Hong Kong on Sunday on a flight for Moscow and that his final destination may be Ecuador or Iceland.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said on Sunday that he was unaware of the location or plans of the former US National Security Agency contractor, Reuters reported.

A statement from Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun Ying's office on Sunday afternoon said that Snowden had departed earlier in the day on his own accord "through a lawful and normal channel".

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